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Friday, July 24, 2009

To Yasmin, our prayers for your speedy recovery...

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The Twitterverse was abuzz yesterday, from about 4pm on. News about Yasmin Ahmad, acclaimed Malaysian filmmaker, was being tweeted so intensely, that it went right to the top of the Twitter trend stack. Walski will post some thoughts about the Twitter aspect of yesterday later on.

But first, on to more important things…

Rather than repost pictures of Yasmin taken in the hospital – which quite frankly is something Walski finds quite distasteful – Walski will instead post the press conference that was conducted sometime last night.

We now know that Yasmin suffered a stroke, and had to have emergency surgery to ease the swelling caused by the hemorrhage. She is said to be in critical, but stable condition.

There’s been a lot of tragedy of late. For that reason, Walski’s prayers and thoughts go out to Yasmin, in hopes that she recovers speedily, and recovers well.

Walski may not know Yasmin Ahmad personally (although he has friends who do), but he is very concerned for her wellbeing. For several reasons, which hopefully he’ll make clear in a moment.

But in the meantime, let’s all say a little prayer to the big guy up there, for this very special and important daughter of Malaysia. Positively good vibes, and kind thoughts count, too, by the way.

It’s been a few weeks of consecutive tragedy, of late. And Walski doesn’t know if he can stomach yet another. But there is a much more important reason why Walski’s thoughts and prayers are where they are right now…
(simple yet powerful, and more, in the full post)

Walski could write endlessly about why Yasmin is so important to him, and to us all.

Through her work, Yasmin has taught us a number of things about life and the society we live in. Some religious conservatives have found her work offensive, but only because what she’s had to say through film hurts their rancid agendas of exclusivism, control, and hate.

She’s successfully articulated and visualized many of the same ideas and feelings that Walski, too, has. One of her more recent works is a perfect example.

In a nutshell, it’s quite simply this: Yasmin Ahmad is the true embodiment of One Malaysia… she’s someone way too precious to be lost at this important point in our collective history.

Walski’s thoughts, sincere love & admiration, and his prayers…

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